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Brockton High School student is killed in crash

Grieving students gathered at the crash scene Tuesday night.Globe Photo/Jacob Geanous

BROCKTON--A Brockton High School student was killed and two other teenagers were seriously injured in a devastating car crash here Tuesday afternoon, officials said.

The single-car crash occurred around 12:30 p.m. when a 2006 Toyota Scion struck a tree near 225 Summer St., according to Plymouth District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz’s office.

The 19-year-old driver and a 14-year-old passenger, both males, were taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Brockton and Boston Children’s Hospital, respectively, for treatment for their injuries, Cruz’s office said in a statement.

A second passenger, 15-year-old Isaias Caban, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the statement.


His older sister, Erika Caban, said at the family home Tuesday night that their mother broke down crying when she heard the news.

“It’s going to take a while to hit me,” she said. “But I know if I see something it will.”

Erika Caban said her brother played on freshman baseball team at Brockton High and was returning from a game at the time of the crash. His father had also coached him in the past, Erika Caban said.

As she spoke, her father tried to comfort her mother in the front yard.

Erika Caban had written earlier on Facebook that she will always recall Tuesday as “the worst day of my life. I lost the closet things to me.. my ... brother.”

The Brockton Public Schools confirmed in a separate statement that Caban and the other vehicle occupants attended Brockton High. Grief counselors will be at the school Wednesday.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those involved and our school community during this very difficult time,” the school department said.

A group of grief-stricken students remained at the crash scene around 7:30 p.m., consoling one another near a makeshift memorial of lit candles.

Prosecutors did not disclose details about the surviving victims’ injuries or say what caused the crash.


“Witnesses are being interviewed and the investigation is ongoing by State Police Detectives assigned to the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office, Brockton Police and the State Police CARS Unit and Crime Scene Services,” Cruz’s office said.

It was not clear if anyone will face charges in connection with the crash.

Isaias Caban recently voiced optimism about his future, according to entries on his Facebook pages.

He wrote in one posting April 1 that he was “[c]hasing all my dreams and I won’t accept defeat.”

In another posting Friday, he asked friends to “Slide to the baseball game Monday @12 ... and support #8.”

Tributes to the teenager poured in on social media Tuesday.

One person wrote on Facebook, “R.I.P Brother sad cause u still young [to] die like that but at least u gonna be in a better place soon where u not gonna find no pain no more.”

Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.